Books: Scan with Your Life

THE BRAVE BULLS (270 pp.)-Lea —Little, Brown ($3).

Nobody has written as well as this about toros and toreros since Heming way's Death in the Afternoon. Unlike Hemingway's masterpiece, which was part fine reporting and part esthetics, The Brave Bulls is a novel written up to the classic hilt, with the sweat of honest craftsmanship; it goes a long way toward being, like the corrida that is its climax "a combat without adornment, all tragedy, all truth."

Novelist Tom Lea's father was mayor of El Paso, Tex., and he grew up among ranchers. Lea, however,...

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